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Paris Catacombs Tour & Tickets

Eerie, surreal & fascinating — the Paris Catacombs is an ossuary that comprises the remains of millions of Parisians, all arranged in remarkable patterns and designs. Embark on a morbid yet once-in-a-lifetime Paris Catacombs tour and with a knowledgeable guide, discover all its secrets.

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1-hour Seine River cruise

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About Catacombs of Paris

Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of the Paris Catacombs, an underground ossuary holding over six million remains. Dating back to the late 18th century, these tunnels, initially a solution to overcrowded cemeteries, now form a vast 300-kilometre maze. Explore the captivating underground labyrinth that has inspired art and literature, including Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." Don't miss this unique journey—purchase your tickets now for an unforgettable experience beneath the streets of Paris!

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Address
1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Also known as
Paris Municipal Ossuary
Year opened
1809
Founded by
Charles-Axel Guillaumot
Visitor’s per year
600000
Expected wait time - Standard
2+ hours (Peak), 30-60 mins (Off Peak)

Why visit Catacombs of Paris?

Did you know?
  • It took 12 years, from 1786 to 1798, to relocate the remains of six million Parisians into the catacombs, transforming the former quarries into an ossuary.
  • Farmers utilized the catacombs for mushroom cultivation. The controlled environment provided ideal conditions, contributing to an unexpected agricultural use of the subterranean space.
  • Throughout history, secret meetings and parties have taken place in the catacombs, attracting various clandestine groups seeking an atmospheric and hidden location for their gatherings.
  • Cataphiles, enthusiasts of the catacombs, have created macabre and intricate art installations using bones. This subculture adds a unique, underground artistic dimension to the already eerie atmosphere.
  • In an audacious heist, robbers once drilled through a wall in the catacombs to access a Parisian apartment, showcasing the labyrinth's connection to unexpected criminal activities.

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Martina

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Very impressive, got in without queuing, would have liked to see more thanks to the audio guide.
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Ana López Montoro
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Ana

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Very interesting to hear the story of what happened in Paris, to see all the corpses through the galleries and at the exit the big hole through which they entered.
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Brittany B Fickling
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Brittany

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Totally worth the extra money for the private tour. The guide was very informative and patient. I was very impressed with her English! Highly recommend!!
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Joy

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Canada
Our guide Leo was so excited and knowledgable about the catacombs! We were very engaged in the many stories and history of the catacombs and surrounding area. The use of photos on the guide's phone really helped to tie everything together. My only complaint is that Leo arrived about 15 minutes late to the meeting point. After that, everything moved along well.
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Thomas Flegler

Thomas

5/5
It was a great tour with a FANTASTIC host! Lots of fun info. Her accent wasn’t too strong that native English speakers would have any difficulties understanding. Her interest and passion for the Catacombs was easy to see which made for a better experience. The only issue I have is the booking processs. Rather than start out an email with “we cannot fit you at the 5 PM time...” say “we rescheduled you to the 4:45 PM time.” 15 minutes really won’t make a difference to most people. I missed the second part of the email where you reordered to reschedule us 15 minutes earlier until he next day. I was SO upset and bummed out! But when I saw that it was still an option to go (just 15 minutes earlier) I was elated! Try rescheduling people for minor time changes with the option to cancel rather than telling them “too bad, it’s overbooked” to begin with. Again, FANTASTIC tour and host! I cannot day enough great things about our host! She’s worth every penny and more.
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Jaime Murphy

Jaime

5/5
The glitzy city of Paris has a whole network of underground tunnels that hide bones and its dark secrets! Thrilling indeed!
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Julia Walker

Julia

5/5
A complimentary audio guide is included with your ticket and runs for 30 minutes that gives you a breif of the whole tour
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Brian Patterson

Brian

5/5
exclusive skip-the-line entry at both attractions is the ebst way to get past the maddening crowd! the tour is so amazing it will give you goosebumps
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Paris Catacombs Tour & Tickets Guide

Arguably one of the eeriest spots in Paris, the Paris Catacombs is an unusual yet stunning art form – made of human skeletons! As Paris grew into a European hub, so did its population. So much so that the cemeteries overflowed by the 17th century. To accommodate the growing population, the dead were buried in the limestone quarries beneath the streets. Finally, when the walls around the quarries fell, the skeletons were shifted to what we now know as the Paris Catacombs.
If you’re planning a visit, read on to know everything about Paris Catacombs tickets, the best time to visit, what to see, and more. 
The Paris Catacombs are one of the most popular attractions in the city due to their mysterious nature and oddly fascinating display of millions of dead Parisians. Guests can choose from various Paris Catacombs tickets, depending on their preference: general admission tickets, skip-the-line tickets, guided tours, or combo tickets. 
Your mobile voucher will be mailed shortly after you book your tickets. You also need to carry a valid ID along with you.
These tickets include exclusive skip-the-line access to the Paris Catacombs and a multilingual audio guide for an exciting experience.

Why go for this ticket?

  • Gain skip-the-line entry into the Paris Catacombs and save time.
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the history and significance of the Catacombs with your audio guide. 

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Skip the long waiting lines and quickly enter the thrilling Paris Catacombs. Upgrade your ticket with an audio guide to learn more about this unusual attraction.  
Book a guided Paris Catacombs tour to delve deeper into the Catacombs' and the city's history. 

Why go for this ticket?

  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes understanding of the Catacombs' history with your multilingual tour guide.
  • Get priority access to the Catacombs and avoid waiting in long lines. 
  • Visit the secret parts of the Catacombs not open to the general public. 

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Skip the lines and explore the Paris Catacombs with your expert tour guide, including sections restricted to the general public.
This no-frills option gives you direct entry and complete access to the underground tunnels. 

Why go for this ticket?

  • If you are on a budget, this is the lowest-priced ticket online.
  • Experience the visual artistry of the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians.
  • Get a full refund on cancelation up to 24 hours before your visit.

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Enjoy the visual beauty of the Paris Catacombs on a budget with these general admission tickets. 
Note: These tickets are currently unavailable.
Get exclusive access to a scenic 1 hour Seine River cruise or Montparnasse guided tour along with the Paris Catacombs tours. Either option is a good breather after the grim catacombs!

Why go for this ticket?

  • Choose between a 1-hour Seine River cruise or the Montparnasse guided tour.
  • Get skip-the-line entry into the Catacombs.
  • Audio guides are available in 4 languages.

Recommended experiences

Take your time exploring the Paris Catacombs with the audio guide assisting you. Then, relax and unwind with the 1 hour Seine River cruise. Or put on your adventure hats and explore Montparnasse with your expert guide.

What are the Paris Catacomb’s opening hours?

The Paris Catacombs are open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM. The last admission is at 7:30 PM.

When are the Paris Catacombs closed?

The Paris Catacombs are closed on all Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.

What is the best time to visit the Paris Catacombs?

It’s best to visit the Catacombs in the dry weather as the floor can be uneven and slippery. The best time would be during weekdays during early morning hours or late evening to encounter smaller crowds.

How long should I spend at the Paris Catacombs?

You would need at least an hour to span this 1.5 km circuit.

Where are the Paris Catacombs located?

The visitors' entrance to the Paris Catacombs is located at 1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau), 75014 Paris.
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Where is the exit to the Paris Catacombs?

The exit is located at 21 bis, Avenue René-Coty.
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Can I take the metro to the Paris Catacombs?

You can take a metro to the Denfert-Rochereau station. The Catacombs are a mere 1-minute walk from here.

Can I take the bus to the Paris Catacombs?

Yes, buses 38 and 68 take you to the Paris Catacombs.

Can I take the RER to the Paris Catacombs?

Yes, you can take an RER to the Denfert-Rochereau station. The Catacombs are a mere 1-minute walk from here.

Is a storage facility available at the Paris Catacombs?

Currently, no storage rooms are available inside the Catacombs. Please avoid carrying large bags or luggage.

Are the Paris Catacombs accessible by differently-abled visitors?

Unfortunately, the site is not wheelchair accessible since it involves descending several steps underground and navigating through an uneven path. However, sight-disabled visitors can be accompanied by a companion and guide dog. However, white canes are prohibited.

Are audio guides available at the Paris Catacombs?

You can rent an audio guide at the catacombs for €5. Alternatively, you can book tickets that include an audio guide facility.

How many steps are there at the Paris Catacombs?

There are 243 steps in the Paris Catacombs - 131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up.

Is photography allowed at the Paris Catacombs?

Yes. However, flash photography and using selfie sticks or tripods are not allowed.

Are outside food and drinks permitted inside the Paris Catacombs?

No. Smoking, food, and drinks are not permitted in the Catacombs.

Do the Paris Catacombs have any health restrictions in place for visitors?

Individuals with a motor disability, individuals with cardiac or respiratory insufficiency, pregnant women, and individuals with mental health issues are advised to avoid the tour. Children under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult as the confrontation with the bones might be overwhelming.

What should I wear at the Paris Catacombs?

It is recommended that visitors wear a light sweater or a carry-on since temperatures go as low as 14º Celsius.
The Paris Catacombs have myriad structures and landmarks of historical significance that you need to explore once you are inside. Here is what you can expect on a Paris Catacombs tour.
Before the catacombs became underground ossuaries, they were a stone quarry used to build the city above. One of the early miners here named Décure was the former soldier in the army of King Louis XV. He carved three sculptures here recounting his memories of the war which stand today as a testament to his skill and courageous life.
A well within the walled property of one of the subway passages was dug to receive the unearthed remains of one of the overflowing cemeteries called 'Les Innocents'.  Thus, the property became a museum of sorts for all the headstones, artifacts, and other sculptures.
This structure is a barrel-shaped piece of art made of bones and skulls. The design of it was inspired by the shape of Obelix from the cartoon Astrix and Obelix. This eerie display became famous after an illegal concert in the Catacombs in 1897.
The word ossuary means a structure that serves as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. The Catacombs of Paris are famous because of these ossuaries, which display beautiful arrangements of the departed.
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Are the Paris Catacombs now open to visitors?

Yes, the Paris Catacombs are open to visitors now. While a health pass is no longer needed to visit, it is recommended that you wear a protective mask.

Are Paris Catacombs tickets and tours available online now?

Yes, the Paris Catacombs tickets are available online. Guests need to book their tickets 7 in advance to get their preferred date and time of visit.

How many visitors are permitted into the Paris Catacombs at a time?

Visitor capacity has been restricted to 200 for safety and security reasons.

What are the different types of Paris Catacombs tickets?

Visitors can book standard admission tickets, guided tours, skip-the-line tickets, and combo tours.

Are guided Paris Catacombs tours available now?

Yes, guided Paris Catacombs tours are available now in small groups.

Are any discounts available on Paris Catacombs tickets and tours?

Yes, visitors between 18 and 26 get discounted tickets on the presentation of a valid ID. Visitors under 18 and differently-abled visitors enjoy free admission into the Catacombs. 

What is the cancelation policy for Paris Catacombs tickets?

It is best to read the cancellation policy for each type of ticket. While you can cancel your small group guided tours 48 hours prior and get a full refund, the other tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled.

Is skip-the-line access included with Paris Catacombs tours?

General admission tickets do not include slip-the-line access. However, you can book skip-the-line access tickets or guided tours with priority access.

Are audio guides available at the Paris Catacombs?

Yes. You can either rent an audio guide for €5 or choose a ticket that includes one.

What are the Paris Catacombs’ opening hours?

The Paris Catacombs are open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM. The ticket window closes at 7:30 PM.

What is the best time to visit the Paris Catacombs?

The best time to visit the Paris Catacombs is on weekdays, during early mornings or late evenings, to avoid crowds.

How do I get to the Paris Catacombs?

The entrance to the Paris Catacombs is across the street from the Denfert-Rochereau station. You can reach the Catacombs via metro line 2, RER line B, or bus (38 & 68). There is a paid parking lot available at Boulevard Saint-Jacques. The closest metro station to the exit is Mouton Duverney.

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